Baden-Württemberg

What is Baden-Württemberg known for?


scenic setting

palace * Mannheim - the "Squared City" is almost unique in Germany in being a planned, rectilinear city and has one of the most important theatres (the National Theatre) * Freiburg - the "Jewel of the Black Forest" is a laid-back, beautiful university city which enjoys one of the sunniest and warmest climates among German cities * Heidelberg - the romantic student city with its famed castle, Germany's oldest University and scenic setting at the opening of the Neckar valley into the Rhine valley is an absolute must for most tourists * Ulm - the Calvinist city with the world's tallest church * Heilbronn - a wealthy economic city at the Neckar river * Tübingen - beautiful university town with crooked half-timbered houses in a charming historical city centre * Konstanz - on the border to Switzerland at Lake Constance * Baden-Baden - spa town built on thermal springs at the edge of the Black Forest Other destinations * Bergstraße - a route with vineyards and several attractive towns between Darmstadt and Heidelberg * Upper Swabia ''(Oberschwaben)'' also known as the Westallgäu area of Allgäu thumbnail right Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart (File:Mercedes-Benz Museum 201312 08 blue hour.jpg) Understand Among the West-German states, Baden-Württemberg is one of the youngest, having been founded in 1952 through a unification of administrative areas that, until the end of WWI in 1919, had been mostly covered by the kingdom of ''Württemberg'', the grand-duchy of ''Baden'' and the kingdom of ''Hohenzollern''. The consequence of this - and that's the important bit a traveller should know - is that there are now two tribes living together in the state: ''Badener'' in the west and ''Schwaben'' in the east. Both speak different dialects (see below) and share a love-hate relationship towards each other that's nurtured with a lot of humour. For what unites both tribes and the rest of the people living here is a pride for "their" Baden-Württemberg and what they have made of it since its creation, that's surprising for Germans from up north. Since 1999, the state has been advertising itself all over Germany with the slogan "We can do everything - except speak Standard German." (''Wir können alles, außer Hochdeutsch''), a tongue-in-cheek play on the infamous dialects (see below). And indeed, Baden-Württemberg is doing quite well in terms of economics compared to other places in Germany. It boasts the lowest unemployment rate of the Federation, some of the best universities in Germany, a GDP per capita that rivals Switzerland and is the only German state that still has a higher birth than death rate. The European Statistics Office (Eurostat) has called Baden-Württemberg the "high-tech central of Europe". And, famously, the percentage of people owning their own home is by far the highest in Germany. The main reason for all those superlatives lies deeply in the history of the land: Although nowadays there are about as many non-Catholics as Catholics living in Baden-Württemberg (and a third group of comparable size without religious faith), during the reformation South-West Germany was strongly influenced by the schools of Martin Luther, John Calvin and Huldrych Zwingli, which left behind a society with moral values circling around hard work, self-control and the general motto "God helps those who help themselves". Hence the country that was once dirt poor, having to struggle with hard winters and frequent famines, today is plastered with high technology companies. The most important sectors are mechanical engineering (most famously Robert Bosch Inc.), Chemistry, Biotechnology and, above all, motor vehicles (which were, in fact, invented here, as everyone will be happy to point out). Daimler and Porsche were founded and still have their headquarters around Stuttgart; Audi, Volkswagen and others have large plants in the state. If one counts in the small and medium-sized suppliers, every other employee in Baden-Württemberg is working for the car industry, directly or indirectly. As Max Weber, a philosopher at Heidelberg University said, around here, it's "Capitalism as it was meant to be". thumbnail right Rainbow over the Hochenzollern Castle in the Swabian Mountains (File:Burg Hohenzollern - 6620-2.jpg) Talk While every region in Germany has its own Germanic "dialect" in addition to Standard German (''Hochdeutsch'') Baden-Württemberg (together with parts of Bavaria and Saxony) is among those regions where the "dialect" is actually the native language of the near-majority of the population (except in the north). The traditional "dialect" in most of the state is Alemannic (''Alemannisch'') which is by far the main language in German-speaking Switzerland, Liechteinstein and Vorarlberg in Austria, as well as being spoken natively by many is western Bavaria and as a minority language in Alsace in eastern France. As it is divided into numerous local dialects and has its own written language, it is '''very''' disputed as to whether it is a dialect or in fact a separate language. More and more people understandably state the latter. The exact proportion between native speakers of Standard German and Alemannic is unclear; however in general more Alemannic speakers are found in rural areas than in say, Stuttgart, where Standard German nowadays seems to be the more common mother tongue. ''Kurpfälzisch'' is the traditional language in the north of the state (i.e. the region surrounding Mannheim and Heidelberg) but standard German is what dominates in most places. That said, it is still spoken by many people in the rural areas. As good as all Alemannic-speakers are fluent in Standard German and many also in English, even in rural areas, but also tend to be surprisingly proud of their "dialect" and learning a few words or phrases in it might in fact not be the most foolish thing to do. Although native Standard German-speakers are a majority in many cities, you still will encounter plenty of native Alemannic-speakers as well, some of whom might in fact be uneasy about speaking Standard German (mostly rural elders). All in all though, language is not a major barrier, and even a monolingual English-speaker should have no difficulty truly enjoying this sunny part of Germany. Get in thumbnail right Stuttgart (File:Stuttgart Flughafen Rollfeld Luftaufnahme 2008 by-RaBoe 02.jpg), the Land's capital, has the largest airport within Baden-Württemberg By air Stuttgart has an international airport which is served by all major carriers. Frankfurt international (FRA), the busiest airport in mainland Europe, although not in Baden Württemberg, is well within reach by train (1 hour from FRA to Stuttgart main station via the high-speed ''ICE'' connection). Low-fare airlines offer services to the local airports of Karlsruhe-Baden Baden and Friedrichshafen. Travellers beware: "Frankfurt Hahn", the big hub for low-fare airlines, should not be confused with FRA. In stark contrast, it has no train station and is in a rather remote location. It is possible to get from Hahn into Baden-Württemberg rather conveniently, but it definitely takes a lot longer and is much more hassle than from FRA. For the southern part of Baden-Württemberg, the airports in Zurich, Switzerland, and the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse on French (France) territory are convenient, too. By train All major cities are well connected through the Deutsche Bahn (DB) rail system. Ulm, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Freiburg even have ICE connections (slick, comfortable, white high speed trains travelling at up to 250km h). Tickets can be booked via the Deutsche Bahn website. Baden-Württemberg (as well as some other regions in Germany) offers a special regional train ticket (in this case, the '''Baden-Württemberg-Ticket'''). It's valid for 18 hours from 09:00 until 03:00 the next day on any day you choose. A second class ticket for one person was priced at €23 (with each extra additional passenger just €4) in September 2014. First class tickets cost €31 with each extra additional passenger €12. The ticket can be used on all regional trains within Baden-Württemberg except InterCity(IC), InterCityExpress(ICE), EuroCity(EC) and some special trains. By bus The long-distance bus market is exploding in Germany, since a new law was passed in 2013. There are dozens of daily services from most major cities, which are often significantly cheaper than trains. Most buses offer amenities like Wi-Fi and power outlets and some can even transport bicycles. The best resource for checking connections is this German website. Get around By train and bus Baden-Württemberg has an excellent rail network, serving even quite remote areas. Especially rural villages are served by buses which generally leave from main train stations in larger towns and cities. Buses are quite frequent near big cities, but especially on weekend in rural areas there are only 2–4 bus connections a day. All connections can be checked at this website. If you're travelling within Baden-Württemberg, you can purchase the '''Baden-Württemberg-Ticket''', which will give you all-day travel in regional trains (categories S, RB, RE and IRE) within Baden-Württemberg and even to the near by cities of Basel, Lindau and Würzburg. You can use it also for private trains and most of local buses and city transport. On working days the ticket is valid 09:00-15:00 the following day. On weekends is valid from 00:01. There are five variants of Baden-Württemberg-Ticket: * '''Baden-Württemberg-Ticket Single''' (€23) -- for single traveller * '''Baden-Württemberg-Ticket''' (€23 + €4 for each additional traveller) -- for groups up to five people * '''Baden-Württemberg-Ticket Nacht''' (€20 + €4 for each additional traveller) -- for groups up to five people, valid from 6PM to 6AM the following day (7AM if the following day is weekend or public holiday) For general information about Länder-Tickets see Germany#Network_tickets. By car Of course you can always use your car. If you are travelling in the Black Forest or the Swabian Alb during winter, bring snow chains as some smaller roads may not see snow ploughs frequently enough. When travelling on the ''Autobahn'', the same precautions as everywhere on German high speed roads apply: If you're not willing (and prepared) to drive consistently above 80mph (130km h), stay on the right. Make room for people trying to overtake, use your common sense, don't drive faster than you can think. See For those interested in '''high culture''': thumb Stuttgart's museums and cultural institutions are world-famous (File:Stuttgart Kunstmuseum Königsbau Musikpavillon.jpg) *


main television

Broadcasting") is a regional public broadcasting corporation serving the southwest of Germany, specifically the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. The corporation has main offices in three cities: Stuttgart, Baden-Baden and Mainz, with the director's office being in Stuttgart. It is an affiliate of the ARD (ARD (broadcaster)) consortium. It broadcasts on two television channels and six radio channels, with its main television and radio office


major association

German sportswear company based in the Hollenbach district of Mulfingen , Baden-Württemberg. The company was founded by Rudi Sprügel and his brother in 1989 in Stachenhausen. http: jako.de jako_site_germany jako philosophie Jako now provides kits for major association football, handball (Team handball), basketball, and ice hockey teams, among other sports, internationally. http: jako.de jako_site_germany jako philosophie ref>


deep blue

region3color #f3d2af region3items region3description The ''Schwäbische Alb'' in the south is a rough landscape with limestone geology, featuring huge caves, deep blue lakes (e.g. the Blautopf) and long walking trails. region4name Stuttgart Region region4color #f5edaf region4items region4description The dense yet very green metropolitan area around the Land's capital on the river Neckar can surprise with the beauty of its vineyard-adorned landscape and wealth of cultural attractions

address lat long directions phone tollfree fax hours price content The Schwäbische Alb in the south is a rough landscape with limestone geology, featuring huge caves, deep blue lakes (e.g. the Blautopf) and long walking trails. *


traditional+habit

power plant deck: with 41 plants rather than 42 in the original game, the deck does not include plant #29. From 1995-2005, she served as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. During this time, she oversaw school education in Baden-Württemberg, and started a controversy when she disallowed a Muslim teacher to wear a head scarf in school, since that was seen as a religious symbol, while allowing Catholic nuns to wear their traditional habit. This was done on the accepted pretext that the cassocks of nuns and monks have an official function, while a Moslem headscarf demonstrates the unwillingness to integrate with and accept the society of a country that one has chosen to live in for material reasons in preference to one's own. '''Engstingen''' is a municipality in the Tübingen (Tübingen (region)) administrative region (''Regierungsbezirk'') in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It lies in the Swabian Alb (plateau), about 15 km south of Reutlingen. '''Rheinfelden''' (


picturesque traditional

masks to clapping with a "Ratsche" (a traditional-classic wooden "sound-producing" toy). Gengenbach also boasts a picturesque, traditional, medieval town centre ("Altstadt"). The traditional town Gengenbach is the proud owner of the world's biggest advent calendar. The 24 windows of the 18th century town hall represent the 24 "windows" of an Advent calendar. The town also hosts a department of the The Graduate School of Offenburg University


complex called

is one of a few municipalities in Rems-Murr district, which has no areas. In Aichholzhof is the biggest school complex, called "Bildungszentrum Weissach im Tal, with all three types of schools after the elementary school (Hauptschule, Realschule and Gymnasium (Gymnasium (school))) around a radius of about 30 km (~16,6 nm). '''Neckarwestheim''' is a municipality with 3524 inhabitants in the Heilbronn (Heilbronn (district)) district, Baden-Württemberg


agricultural character

. The coat of arms of Wittlingen was granted 1906 and show the arms of Baden impaled by a plow iron as a symbol for the agricultural character of the town. The blazon is ''Or a Bend Gules impaling Azure a Plowshare Or point upwards''. '''Hechingen''' is a town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated about


winning multiple

Haug''' (born 24 November 1952 in Engelsbrand, Baden-Württemberg) is a German (Germany) journalist, and the President in charge of all Mercedes-Benz motorsport activity, including Formula One, Formula 3 and DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters). Under his direction Mercedes-Benz have enjoyed considerable success in all categories, winning multiple races and championships. '''Hessigheim''' is a town in the Ludwigsburg Landkreis (or district) approximately 25 km north of Stuttgart. Hessigheim is located in the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Situated in the Neckar river valley, this small town is surrounded by vineyards, fields and forests. According to the December 2004 census, Hessigheim has a population of 2,239, 9.5% of which are not German nationals. William's efforts were not limited to Hirsau. Many monasteries, perhaps as many as 200, both newly founded and long established, embraced the '''Hirsau Reforms'''. New abbeys, settled by monks from Hirsau, included Zwiefalten (Zwiefalten Abbey), Blaubeuren (Blaubeuren Abbey), St. Peter im Schwarzwald (St. Peter's Abbey in the Black Forest) and St. Georgen im Schwarzwald (St. George's Abbey in the Black Forest) in Swabia, and Reinhardsbrunn in Thuringia. Already existing monasteries which accepted the reforms included Petershausen (Petershausen Abbey) near Konstanz, Schaffhausen, Comburg, and St. Peter's in Erfurt. Finally, there were the priories such as Reichenbach (Reichenbach Priory (Baden-Württemberg)) in Baden-Württemberg, Schönrain (Schönrain Priory) in Franconia and Fischbachau (Fischbachau Priory) in Bavaria. '''Zwiefalten Abbey''' (


time production

100 km abbr on to . The car was a very limited success, and only 140 examples were built by the time production was ended in 1996. Life Friedrich Gustav Jaeger – sometimes known as "Fritz" – was born in Kirchberg an der Jagst, a small town in eastern Württemberg (now part of Baden-Württemberg) to the district doctor (later chief doctor), Franz Jaeger and his wife Sofie Katharina (née Schirndinger von Schirnding). In 1906

Baden-Württemberg

File:Wirkoennenalles.jpg thumb 250px A campaign sticker, translated, "We can do anything. Except speak Standard German." This is an allusion to Baden-Württemberg being one of the principal centres for innovation in Germany and having many inhabitants with distinctive dialects.

'''Baden-Württemberg''' (

The sobriquet ''Ländle'' ("small land" or "dear land" in the local dialect) is sometimes used as a synonym for only the Swabian part or the whole of Baden-Württemberg.

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